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Location: Western Europe, occupying five-sixths of the island of Ireland in the north Atlantic Ocean, west of Great Britain
Population: 3.6 million (1995 estimate)
Capital: Dublin
Comparative area: Slightly larger than West Virginia
Religions: Roman Catholic 93 percent, Anglican 3 percent, none 1 percent, unknown 2 percent, other 1 percent (1981)
Landscape: Ireland occupies about five-sixths of the island of Ireland in the British Isles; the remaining one-sixth of the island is occupied by Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom; Ireland is also known as the Emerald Isle because of beautiful green countryside; rolling farmlands cover much of central part of the country, and mountains rise near the coasts
Recognized by International Olympic Committee: 1922

Source: Knight-Ridder/Tribune

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